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Standout players from OTAs

Posted Jun 7, 2016

Giants.com names three players that made the biggest impact during Tuesday's practice:   

Everything counts this time of year.

Every day, every practice and every meeting go into the evaluation process, which ramped up over the last few weeks during organized team activities at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
“The objectives from OTAs is really learning and improving,” coach Ben McAdoo said. “You want to develop the fundamentals as best you can without pads on, work on communication – detail our communication there. Guys are really jockeying for position as far as where it goes for reps in training camp and the preseason games, whether they’re available or accountable and understanding when we get to training camp, it’s about building the team and it’s about competing for jobs.”

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With that in mind, here are the standouts from OTA No. 8:

QB ELI MANNING

Entering his third season running McAdoo’s offense, Manning in 2016 is looking to follow up two of his best statistical campaigns. The Pro Bowler threw three touchdowns in today’s practice, including a pair from the red zone to tight end Larry Donnell and rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard. The third was a deep one to Odell Beckham Jr. for their longest completion to date during OTAs.

“He seems to be throwing the ball just fine,” McAdoo said last week. “He seems to be strong and confident. He knows the system well. The ball is spinning off of his hand pretty good.”

WR ODELL BECKHAM JR.

Back when he first reported to the Giants’ offseason workout program, Beckham couldn’t stop saying how excited he was for his third season and that it would be “one for the books.” Well, his first two were also for the books as no player in NFL history has recorded more receiving yards than Beckham through his first two seasons. However, there are always improvements to be made, and that’s the purpose of OTAs. Beckham hauled in a handful of catches today, including the aforementioned touchdown from Manning. Beckham made an over-the-shoulder catch on the play and accelerated past the defense for the score.

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LB B.J. GOODSON

Prior to being drafted by the Giants in the fourth round, Goodson was the leading tackler for a Clemson team that went undefeated, won the ACC and played for the national championship in 2015. But since contact is not allowed around the league yet, Goodson has had to find other ways to impress the coaches. And he’s done just that with his cover skills. Goodson notched his second interception of OTAs on Tuesday off third-string quarterback B.J. Daniels. He claimed his first off Daniels last Wednesday at OTA No. 4.